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Hunter Lea

Hunter Lea

Portland, OR

Hunter Lea's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Hunter Lea's Bio

Life is about taking risks, falling down and getting up again, no matter what. It's about shared experiences, being passionate about what you do, and following your dreams no matter where they take you. I want to bring this philosophy with me wherever I go, whatever I do, and share it with you, because we all fall--maybe you have already--and the question is whether or not you'll have the courage to get back up, knowing you'll fall again.


It also helps to have an attentive belayer.

Happy trails, and good luck!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The best thing about Inov-8 is their variety, but it's also the worst thing. It means you have to try on as many different styles of shoe as you can before you settle on the one that's going to be just right for you, so go to the store and try 'em before you buy 'em. However, you simply cannot go wrong with this classic lightweight runner. It fits a barefoot profile with a wider toe box and a true-to-size footprint, is ridiculously light, and doesn't attract the routine shaming that 5-fingers and similar shoes unleash. Do not size up! I size mine to wear without socks, but as they break in, I find I can wear socks in them very comfortably.

I like them best for CrossFitting and running insanely long distances. For a while, they were SO popular among CrossFitters you could actually pick them out in a crowd by looking solely at their shoes...

Finally, if you find a pair that fits perfectly, but several of them when they go on sale in your size, because they will wear out faster than many other shoes, especially if you're doing more than running in them.

And yes, they will stink. A lot. But I don't really care.

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I became a big fan of Inov8 wearing the F-Lite 195s, which are still my favorite shoes three years later. To my dismay, the Roclite was sized completely differently than the F-Lites. I wear a US men's 8 in the F-Lites, but the Roclites were still too small even at an 8.5. The shoes roc (sorry, I think I'm punny), but be aware that sizing between styles of shoe within the Inov8 brand vary drastically. For a good fit, go at least a full size over your true foot size (more if you're going to be wearing thick socks). I like to wear my shoes next-to-skin, and these were not as bare skin friendly as the F-Lites, but nevertheless an incredibly light, durable, and comfortable shoe once broken in and sized correctly. I should also mention that my feet are wide in relation to their length, and these shoes fit quite a bit narrower than the barefoot-style F-Lites

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

Still Going, 4 years later...
5 5

My brother got this jacket for me in fall 2009, I have worn it absolutely every season, and every time I go out without it, I wish I had it. It is coffee-stained, a little wrinkled, well-loved, and still my go-to for winter weather. I'll admit, I have tried on warmer jackets, but I've never NEEDED anything warmer than this; throw a waterproof shell overtop in extreme conditions and you're set for whatever might come. It moves well, it packs well, it does it's job, and I've only lost maybe a tiny handful of stuffing in 4 years.

The hood might be my favorite extreme -cold feature, fitting over a helmet, hugging my face comfortably and being easy to adjust.

This isn't an extremely durable piece (see: lightweight), but it's held up to a few intense bush-wacking sessions, a few solid ski runs through forested terrain, and been squashed and snagged on 4 years-worth of gear ranging from casual hiker to vertical mountaineering.

When this jacket finally gives in to all the crap I've put it through, I'll probably be shopping for the same one!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on May 21, 2011

3 5

Just got these in the mail yesterday, so I'll update my review as these babies break in...

Right away I was struck by the sharpness and precision these shoes offer, even from a visual standpoint. This is my first pair of five ten shoes and I'm happy to see they've left out all the frills in exchange for more thrills. I bought this at my street shoe size (8.5) and could juuust squeeze my foot in. I have a wide toe box and these are a narrow shoe, but my toe barely makes solid contact with the point while my heel is in filling the heel cup, so I don't dare size up. As these have a full-leather upper, I'm hoping they will stretch to accomodate my flipper-shaped feet. The slipper design is easy to get out of but feels secure, and the single velcro strap instills a little confidence that I won't pop out of the shoe during a heel hook or similar maneuver.

Very excited to get climbing in these and try out the Stealth rubber. I've only worn La Sportiva until now.

EDIT: After a day of bouldering I've decided it isn't worth it for me to wait and see if these shoes will break in to fit my wide toe box. They're simply too narrow while fitting me perfectly length-wise.

I was, however, really psyched by the sensitivity of these shoes. On tiny, slippery holds my old Miuras lacked said sensitivity and I would often slip or miss the toehold entirely. These shoes made me feel much more precise and solid, even though I was in serious pain for most of the session. I'll be searching for a similar shoe with a wider toe box in the future.

Happy trails!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on May 17, 2011

4 5

My first impressions of these pants were pretty bleak. They were SO lightweight, sleek, and comfortable that I was convinced they wouldn't survive a week of my high-flying to crash-and-burn lifestyle. I was so ashamed to own them that I even changed out of them before grabbing a coffee with a climbing buddy.

This is the part where you ask, "So, why 4 stars?"

I went hiking in the rain and fog, slipped and crashed on wet limestone, bushwacked in 80 Fahrenheit on a lengthy approach, stuck it out on an exposed ridge in 25 mile per hour winds, worked the moves on a super-grippy granite boulder traverse... and the Microliths are unscathed, and I'm in much better shape because of it. My temperature was well-regulated, my skin free of cuts and abrasions or moisture, and my legs free to move into whatever hellish position I could find (including the splits, par accident). In short, I'm amazed with how well these pants have performed so far, and look forward to testing them further these coming seasons.

Happy trails!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

4 5

Weekend climbing trips keep the proverbial fire burning when life gets dull. These boxer briefs keep it burning even when the forecast calls for four inches of suck all over your weekend.

I'm glad I sized down on these: the material stretches comfortably and gives plenty of support in all the right places. Crotch a little low? Waist riding high? Pull up at the hips and down on the waistband. The seams don't chafe when they bunch. As a recent convert to wool products, I'm endlessly amazed at merino's versatility. These kept me equally comfortable on a hot-and-sticky bouldering trip in Fort Collins and during a water-logged, 40-ish Fahrenheit weekend in Glenwood Canyon. While I'm not completely convinced these are odor-resistant, I appreciate the added comfort where synthetic undergarments are lacking. Finally, at $45 a pop, I'm glad these are 4-season worthy and pray they stand up to the test of time.

Happy trails!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on April 19, 2011

3 5

Brute force and ignorance always overcome science and knowledge. This knife proves it. In summary:

Japanese AUS 8 tool steel is usually reserved for larger knives and results in tougher construction and better edge-retention, but a larger profile less-suited for delicate tasks like cutting a block of cheddar into thin slices or skinning furry animals. The nylon handle is lighter but less durable than most metals and when it breaks, it shatters. I also really dislike the finger grooves, especially on a knife this small.

The locking mechanism deserves its own discussion. The logic behind including a safety that keeps the knife open but NOT closed escapes me. Yes, it gives you a little more security while cutting, but others have mentioned on this site that the knife opens on its own quite frequently. That's like carrying a loaded gun that likes to decide it's time to go off every once in a while.

I'll admit, I'm very happy with this knife, as I got it cheaply in place of a knife I lost but preferred. It WORKS and I'm not concerned with it breaking or needing much maintenance in the near future, but I'd be a little disappointed if I'd purchased it at full price.

Happy trails!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on February 7, 2011

5 5

Without repeating anything already stated (for example: these are awesome and you should never drink G-aid ever again) I'd like to point out one other awesome feature. The tubes themselves are sized perfectly as coin-holders (quarters fit best). Great way to organize your spare change, as you can label the tubes rather than throwing all your coins in a giant jar and count them at the end. Also, if you already bought a giant box of these, you have something to do with all those empty tubes as they start to accumulate.

Happy Trails!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on February 7, 2011

5 5

You know that feeling where you've finished your third Nalgene and you're STILL not satisfied on a long, hot day? Yeah, been there. A lot. Since I have your attention, I'm gonna tell you now: grab this pack, even if you're not sure if they'll work.

Without repeating much of what's been said here (I agree with the versatility, convenience, and effectiveness of the tablets themselves) this package is a great way to experiment with the different flavors Nuun offers while providing enough tablets to test they're effectiveness for yourself, all this without investing more than $25.

The tubes are also perfectly sized for use as re-usable quarter rolls!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on February 3, 2011

5 5

I never gave wool a fair chance until now. I hail from a family of staunch polypro and spandex wearers…

That’s all about to change. As per the advice of a friend, I got a pair of these for Christmas along with the I/O Bio Merino Contact Shirt to be used as a base layer. Having worn the pair for several months, I have a few observations:

As advertised, the material was unexpectedly soft right out of the box (not quite as soft as the I/O, though) and stayed so after several washings (you can machine wash them)! I was really worried about itch and abrasion factor with these, but haven’t had any problems with them, even after wearing them for 4 straight days. These are looong on me, even though I bought the small (I’m 5’8”, 165 pounds with a 30” waist). However, the stretch and softness of the material eliminates any problems with bunching around the ankles, etc. Again, I was worried about abrasions, but for no reason, apparently. The waistband is very true to size (measure above the hip), so there’s no room for kidding yourself. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to be much wider around the middle in these things. The wool stretches a LOT, the waistband does not. Despite all that stretch, you can definitely feel some support when you're wearing these (granted, my thighs are pretty beefy for 5'8"). For the backpackers out there: these are super-lightweight and are ACTUALLY odor-resistant without the funky smell you sometimes get with synthetics, and pack to about the volume of a softball.

So, are they really that warm?

The last two nights, Colorado Springs has experienced -40° F, with highs around 4 today and yesterday. With these pants, the I/O shirt, a t-shirt, jeans, and a down jacket, I've been fine for my numerous treks across campus, and look forward to using them snowshoeing and skiing later this season.

In short, these are THE most comfortable long underwear bottoms I’ve ever worn. I’ll never wear polypro again. Full stop.

These are a must-have for any outdoor adventure fanatic. Happy trails!

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Hunter Lea wrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

I never gave wool a fair chance until now. I hail from a family of staunch polypro and spandex wearers…

That’s all about to change. As per the advice of a friend, I got a pair of these for Christmas along with some Stoic long underwear bottoms to be used as a base layer. Having worn the pair for several months, I have a few observations:

This shirt has become a second skin. As advertised, the material was unexpectedly soft right out of the box (a bit softer than the stoic) and stayed so after several washings (you can machine wash it)! The hood fits VERY closely and is extra cozy when donned under a puffy, and keeps out any cold that might have made it past your other layers. You WILL look like an astronaut. The neckline sits comfortably at my Addams apple, even with the hood up, so I never feel completely choked. The zip comes in handy here for the claustrophobic. The sleeves are really long, but the thumb holes will keep things under control. Plus, the cuff stretches enough to be rolled up past the elbows, but I find the length helps to keep snow from creeping in between my glove and jacket-cuff. For the backpackers out there, it packs to about the volume of a softball.

So, is it really that warm?

Last night, Colorado Springs experienced -40° F, with highs around 4 today. With this shirt, the stoic long underwear bottoms, a t-shirt, jeans, and a down jacket, I've been fine for my numerous treks across campus. I was equally comfortable wearing this shirt when I landed in Tanzania. Mind you, it was a balmy 75° F there.

I’ll never travel without it, and I’ll never wear polypro again. Full stop.

This is a must-have piece. Happy trails!

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